The newly elected chairman Osun State Council of Obas, the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland, Oba Adekunle Aromolaran, told newsmen that traditional rulers in the state might not attend the coronation of the Ooni of Ife.
According to Vanguard Newspapers, Oba Aromolaran said they have not been officially invited to the coronation ceremony, adding that they will only attend, if invitations are sent to them.
Speaking on behalf of other obas, the Owa Obokun of Ijesaland said “If we are invited with invitation cards or letters, we will go there after consulting with the governor. As at the time we concluded the meeting of Osun Council of Obas today (Thursday), we have not received any invitation from Ile-Ife about Monday’s coronation. We don’t go to where we have not been invited.”
“Today, we held a meeting of Council of Obas in Osun. During our discussion, we deliberated on the chairmanship of the council. Ataoja of Osogbo, Oba Jimoh Olanipekun moved the motion that since I have been acting as the chairman, I should continue in that capacity as the substantive chairman and other monarchs supported the motion.
“I have been acting as chairman of the council even when late Ooni of Ife, Oba Okunade Sijuwade, was alive. I usually presided over the meetings in his palace because of his old age,”Oba Aromolaran said.
Responding to the Obas’ claims, the chairman, media and publicity of Ooni coronation planning committee, Hon Biyi Odunlade, said “I can tell you authoritatively that we have sent out invitation letters individually to all the monarchs in Osun State. We believe that they are one in unity, but we have to treat them individually with respect and that is why we sent the invitation card individually.”
The December 7, 2015 coronation ceremony of Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi Ojaja II, will have the Queen of England-Elizabeth Alexandra, President Buhari and others in attendance.